We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
1 John 1:1-4
Dear God, there are times when we just need to know there is a bedrock foundation beneath our faith. Is the “religion” I’ve chosen worth anything? When they built Baylor’s football stadium along the Brazos River, they had to drill deep before they found bedrock upon which they could build the foundation and plant the support columns. If I drill deep, will I find rock? Are my columns planted in anything real?
Well, I have a few things upon which I build my faith:
- The universe is so much bigger than I can understand. It’s most certainly not an accident.
- If the story told to us about Jesus in the gospels was a lie, then the apostles died for absolutely nothing. It’s not like their proclamations made their lives better. They just had a story they had to share. That’s what John is saying through the first four verses in this letter: “THIS IS REAL. I WAS THERE AND I SAW IT!!”
- The mercy that Jesus death and resurrection offers is the only thing that makes any sense in how we can possibly have relationship with you (John will get more into that just after these verses)
- I can look at numerous examples in my own life that are beyond coincidence. Just two weeks ago today you ordained my steps against my will and provided for my wife in the process. We are burying her father’s ashes today. When I look at how you cared for every detail in his life over the last three years, I stand amazed. I could go on and on here, but it would get too personal for public consumption in some cases. Suffice it to say, I have felt you in my life over and over again.
- You are my only source of peace. I’m not sure what to add to that except that when I am close to you and pursuing you I have peace, and when I’m not I don’t.
I’m sure there are other things, but I’m going to close here because I need to finish getting ready. I love you. I thank you. I worship you. Help me to live up to everything you need me to be today for everyone I see.
In Jesus’s name I pray,